Elizabeth Bell, Executive Director

Liz has dedicated the majority of her career to non-profit organizations, while also working to maximize the potential of her three children–researching, networking and advocating, especially, for her son with autism, epilepsy and other health conditions. Her work has spanned science, services, and artistic creation, matching the three programmatic areas of JKBF.

Prior to joining JKBF, Liz served in a variety of roles as board member, committee member, grant reviewer, chapter leader, fundraising walk co-chair, expert panelist, contributing writer, and parent advocate for organizations including the Autism Society of America, Cure Autism Now, Autism Speaks, the Autism Treatment Network, and Ascendigo Autism Services. She was appointed to the California Blue Ribbon Commission for Autism (2006) and served as an appointed member of the NJ Governor’s Council for the Medical Research and Treatment of Autism (2010-2017) where she was instrumental in formulating grant programs, reviewing grants, and making scientific research funding decisions. Liz recently joined the Board of Directors of The Arc of the Central Mountains.

With a creative spirit and interest in design, Liz entered the art world in a support role when it became evident that her special needs son had a talent for painting, and that time spent with a brush was often his most peaceful and fulfilling. Liz has promoted his work through SomethingtoSayArt, and was a founding trustee, Secretary, and Co-President of the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, a grassroots nonprofit arts organization that celebrates art in the everyday. Liz conceptualized and founded Chance on Main, a ‘for-purpose’ retail store in Pennington, NJ, which featured products of social enterprises and creations of local artisans and individuals with a variety of special needs. Liz serves on the 2019 Access Community Advisory Committee of the Aspen Art Museum.

Liz holds a BS from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, and had an early career in the field of hotel and commercial real estate market analysis, appraisal and evaluation. She lives in Basalt, Colorado with her husband Peter and, off and on, their three grown children.

Stina Peterson, Marketing and Administrative Assistant

Stina was born and raised in the Roaring Fork Valley and recently graduated from Chapman University, where she majored in Integrated Educational Studies, with a minor in Leadership and Organizational Studies. She devoted her final semester at Chapman studying the benefits of mindfulness and the arts on the mental health of America’s veteran population. Her studies were put into action when she became the administrative intern for The Mindful Warrior Project, an organization providing mindfulness services to veterans across the Greater Los Angeles Area.

Stina also works part-time as a Marketing and Development Assistant for Ascendigo Autism Services, focusing on fundraising, event planning, grant writing, and community outreach. JKBF is pleased that Stina brings her experience with art and nonprofit organizations, as well as her interest in raising awareness for mental health needs, into service at James Kirk Bernard Foundation and POBA. Stina loves to be in the outdoors, whether that be in the mountains or by the coast. She has a passion for staying active and connecting with her friends and family through the various activities provided in the Roaring Fork Valley.